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Thirteen Michigan schools, including three in Rochester Hills, were recognized as National Blue Ribbon schools on Thursday by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, according to the Michigan Department of Education. 

The selection is based on overall academic experience or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

DeVos named 342 Blue Ribbon schools nationally for 2017. The schools will be recognized at a ceremony on Nov. 6 and 7 in Washington. Each school receives a banner and a plaque. In its 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized 8,500 schools. 

“Michigan schools work hard each year to create high-quality learning environments that encourage all students to achieve and succeed,” said State Superintendent Brian Whiston in a news release. “Academic accomplishments such as these serve as milestones to be celebrated on our way to make Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years.”

Last year, 13 public schools and one parochial school in Michigan received the national honor out of 330 schools in 41 states, according to the Michigan Department of Education. 

The Education Department nominates 13 public schools annually for the award in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category. Public schools are nominated by each state’s Department of Education. Non-public schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education 

Below are the 13 schools of Michigan recognized in the National Blue Ribbon School Program. 

           City                             School Name  

  • Rochester Hills            Brewster Elementary School  
  • Rochester Hills            Rochester Adams High School
  • Rochester Hills            Hamlin Elementary School    
  • Byron Center               Countryside Elementary School         
  • Otsego                          Dix Street Elementary School 
  • Boon                             Forest View Elementary School         
  • Canton Township       Gallimore Elementary School 
  • Saginaw                        Handley Elementary School   
  • Dearborn                      Iris Becker Elementary School           
  • Ann Arbor                     John Allen Elementary School           
  • Grosse Pointe              Lewis E. Maire Elementary School     
  • Saint Joseph                 Lincoln School           
  • Jenison                          Pinewood Elementary School          

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” DeVos in a news release. “You are visionaries, innovators and leaders. You have much to teach us: some of you personalize student learning, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff.”

srahal@detroitnews.com

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